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Siler Bald on the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap, NC   Hike: Siler Bald on the AT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 12 2022  10:30 am >> Sat, Feb 12 2022 5:25 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 10 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 11 2022 11:59 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 55 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Come enjoy winter views as we ascend one of the most scenic peaks on the Appalachian Trail.  We'll climb almost 2,000 feet on a well constructed section of the AT for about 4.5 miles.  The final stretch to the top of Siler Bald is steep, but well worth the climb.  At the top, we'll reach an elevation of just over 5,000 feet.  To the south, on a clear day, we'll see Standing Indian and many other peaks in North Carolina and North Georgia.  I expect us to each lunch on the bald between 12:30 and 1:00.  On our return trip, we'll hike a connecting trail to the Siler Bald Shelter and continue to loop back to the AT.

I expect the weather to be cold this weekend, so bring layers.  Keep in mind that you'll have sweated getting to the top and its easy to get cold sitting around eating lunch.  We recommend bringing a well-insulated jacket and a hat.

Required Items to Bring:


Cash for your driver

Clean shoes for the car ride

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Lots of layers

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Google maps to Winding Stair Gap, NC - about 8 miles west of Franklin.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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